This is how Robert Casadebaig, the mayor of Laruns, in the Ossau valley, depicts his eldest Jean-Pierre, who died this Saturday November 19, 2022 of cancer.
Renowned lawyer at the bar of Pau, of which he was president in 2007 and 2008, Jean-Pierre Casadebaig had notably defended the hunter René Marquèze during the resounding “Cinnamon trial”, following the death of the last bear of Pyrenean stock. He had obtained the release of his client – who will be sentenced six years later, in civil proceedings, to compensate environmental associations.
Rural leases, ecobuages, and more generally the place of man in relation to nature were at the heart of his professional commitments.
Eldest of four children, Jean-Pierre Casadebaig has assumed a leading role in the siblings, says Robert. “It was he who oversaw us, our two sisters and me (the youngest died in 2018) because we lost our parents quite early. We built ourselves together. He had embarked with as much seriousness as passion on studying law to become a lawyer in 1977 and found his firm in Oloron and Pau.
Father of two children, Alexandra and Grégory, who had recently taken over the reins of the firm, Jean-Pierre Casadebaig was the grandfather of two grandchildren.